Natasha Lomas

Natasha Lomas

Senior Reporter

Natasha is a senior reporter for TechCrunch, joining September 2012, based in Europe. She joined TC after a stint reviewing smartphones for CNET UK and, prior to that, more than five years covering business technology for (now folded into TechRepublic), where she focused on mobile and wireless, telecoms & networking, and IT skills issues. She has also freelanced for organisations including The Guardian and the BBC. Natasha holds a First Class degree in English from Cambridge University, and an MA in journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

The Latest from Natasha Lomas

TikTok pulls feature from Lite app in EU over addiction concerns

TikTok suspended a gamification feature in the European Union following an intervention by the bloc. With attention on TikTok’s growing pile of US legal woes, the announcement went mostly unnoti

EU opens probe of TikTok Lite, citing concerns about addictive design

The European Union has opened a second formal investigation into TikTok, announcing Monday that it suspects the video sharing platform of breaking the bloc’s Digital Services Act (DSA), an onlin

European police chiefs target E2EE in latest demand for ‘lawful access’

The director general of the UK's National Crime Agency has targeted Meta over its planned expansion of end-to-end encryption to Instagram.

Apple pulls WhatsApp, Threads from China App Store following state order

Apple has removed the Meta-owned end-to-end encrypted messaging app WhatsApp from its App Store in China following a government order citing national security concerns, the news agency Reuters reporte

Adtech giants like Meta must give EU users real privacy choice, says EDPB

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has published new guidance that has major implications for adtech giants like Meta and other large platforms. Since November 2023, the owner of Facebook and I

ByteDance gets 24 hours to show EU a DSA risk assessment for TikTok Lite

TikTok owner ByteDance is facing fresh questions about its compliance with the European Union’s Digital Services Act (DSA), an online governance and content moderation framework that puts a lega

EU privacy body adopts view on Meta’s controversial ‘consent or pay’ tactic

Incoming guidance by an expert steering body on European Union data protection law could have major implications for Meta’s advertising business model. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB)

Apple will soon let users in the EU download apps through web sites, not just the App Store

Apple is opening up web distribution for iOS apps targeting users in the European Union starting Tuesday. Developers who opt in — and who meet Apple’s criteria, including app notarization requ

Big Tech’s ad transparency tools are still woeful, Mozilla research report finds

"We feel there are major gaps between the spirit of the EU regulation and these repositories in practice," the report authors write.

Meta’s ‘consent or pay’ tactic must not prevail over privacy, EU rights groups warn

Nearly two dozen rights groups are urging the EDPB to not endorse a strategy used by Meta that they say is intended to bypass the EU's privacy protections.

UK’s antitrust enforcer sounds the alarm over Big Tech’s grip on GenAI

The UK's competition watchdog, the CMA, has sounded a warning over Big Tech's grip on the advanced AI market, with CEO Sarah Cardell expressing "real concerns" over how the sector is developing.

Meta will auto-blur nudity in Instagram DMs in latest teen safety step

Meta said on Thursday that it is testing new features on Instagram intended to help safeguard young people from unwanted nudity or sextortion scams. This includes a feature called “Nudity Protec

Elon Musk accused of profiting from tragedy as study finds X rewards hate targeting Israel-Gaza war

After defeating Musk's attempt to silence it in court, anti-hate research org Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) is back with new research on X.

Alternative browsers report uplift after EU’s DMA choice screen mandate

A flagship European Union digital market regulation appears to be shaking up competition in the mobile browser market. It’s been a little over a month since the Digital Markets Act (DMA) came in

Proton picks up Standard Notes to deepen its pro-privacy portfolio

By adding Standard Notes to its portfolio of apps, Proton will deepen its reach with an engaged community of pro-privacy users.

As AI accelerates, Europe’s flagship privacy principles are under attack, warns EDPS

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has warned key planks of the bloc’s data protection and privacy regime are under attack from industry lobbyists and could face a critical reception

Neurotech startup Neurovalens gets FDA clearance for noninvasive anxiety treatment

A 2019 rule change by the U.S. medical devices regulator aimed at encouraging innovations targeting insomnia and anxiety is bearing fruit: Neurovalens, a Belfast-based startup that for over a decade h

Meta’s new AI deepfake playbook: More labels, fewer takedowns

Meta has announced changes to its rules on AI-generated content and manipulated media following criticism from its Oversight Board. Starting next month, the company said, it will label a wider range o

US and EU commit to links aimed at boosting AI safety and risk research

The European Union and United States put out a joint statement Friday affirming a desire to increase cooperation over artificial intelligence. The agreement covers AI safety and governance, but also,

EU and US set to announce joint working on AI safety, standards & R&D

The European Union and the U.S. expect to announce a cooperation on AI at a meeting of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council (TTC) on Friday, according to a senior commission official who was brief
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